Prominent Indian Economist Visits the US for Dialogue on Urbanization in India

San Francisco, April 24, 2015 — Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia, a renowned economist, is visiting the United States as an Asia Foundation Chang-lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellow. In a program designed to share knowledge and perspectives across the Pacific, Dr. Ahluwalia will engage with leading researchers and practitioners focused on India’s economic development and urbanization challenges during a three-week tour to Washington, DC, New York, and Boston. Highlights include speaking engagements at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dr. Ahluwalia is chairperson of the board of governors of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), a leading think tank, based in New Delhi, engaged in policy-oriented research. At ICRIER, Dr Ahluwalia is leading a major research and capacity building program on the challenges of urbanization in India. In 2009 she was awarded Padma Bhushan by the President of India for her services in the field of education and literature. Dr. Alhuwalia has published extensively in in the fields of economic growth, productivity, industrial and trade policy reforms, and urban planning.

The Asia Foundation Chang-lin Tien Distinguished Fellowship Program was established to foster exchanges for Asian leaders to meet and interact with their counterparts in the U.S. The program honors the late Dr. Chang-lin Tien, former Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, for his many accomplishments in science, higher education, and community affairs.

Read more about the Chang-lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellows Program here.

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